Arsenal ace Hector Bellerin is reportedly set to return to light training next week as he steps up his recovery from an ankle injury.
The Spanish international hasn’t played for the Gunners since their clash with Tottenham Hotspur on November 6, with the 21-year-old picking up the issue late in the showdown after a full-blooded challenge from Danny Rose.
His absence has hurt Arsenal with Carl Jenkinson unable to be as influential for Arsene Wenger’s men and he has largely been a liability for them.
In turn, it will be welcome news for Wenger to hear that Bellerin is on track for a return in mid-December, as noted by The Sun, but he will be hoping that he avoids any setbacks in the next phase of his rehabilitation.
After displacing Mathieu Debuchy as the first-choice right-back at Arsenal, the Spaniard has established himself as one of the top players in his position in Europe.
With his pace and energy in attack coupled with his defensive improvements, he has already emerged as an integral part of Arsenal’s hopes for success, and his return will certainly be a major boost for the team.
Bellerin penned a new contract with the club earlier this month to commit his future for another six-and-a-half years as noted in the report, and he’ll be hopeful that he can return to action sooner rather than later and play an influential role in Arsenal’s push for silverware this season.
Arsenal have certainly felt his absent, as coupled with other injury setbacks elsewhere in the squad they’ve now been held to three consecutive draws in all competitions as they hope to get back to winning ways when they face Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.